Industrial and Agricultural History of the Parker River Watershed

Mills along the Parker River and its tributaries

  • Introduction: The village mill

  • Cart Creek Saw Mill (1708)

  • Jackman Brook Saw Mill

  • Little River Tide Mills

    • Emery-Scullard Grist Mill (1646)

    • Short-Pearson Grist Mill (1696)

    • Pearson Grist Mill (1831)

  • Mill River

    • Nelson Grist Mill (1644)

    • Pearson Fulling Mill (1643)

    • Pearson Grist Mill (1700)

    • Dodge Grist Mill (1780)

    • Stickney Mills (1740)

  • Parker River

    • Dummer-Spencer Mill (1636)

    • Byfield Woolen Factory (1794)

    • Nail making at the Byfield Woolen Factory (1794-96)

    • Wheeler-Tenney Snuff Mill also known as the Larkin-Morrill Mill (1735)

    • Pearson Snuff Mill (1830)

    • Byfield Snuff Co. Mill No. 3 (1860)

    • Georgetown Mills

  • Pine Island Creek Grist Mill (1757)

  • Rowley River Tide Mill (1760)

Quarries and Mines

  • Devil's Den (limestone quarry)


  • Fatherland Farm

PRCWA Contacts

We'd love to hear from you and get your input on ways to preserve the Parker River Watershed and the Plum Island Sound.

PO Box 798, Byfield, MA  01922
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Webmaster: Jerry A. Mullins

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The PRCWA is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the restoration and protection of the waters and environment of the Parker River and Plum Island Sound Watersheds.


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